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Michael Brosilow

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through June 12 2016
Price: $20-$35
Created in 1994 by the New York collective known as the Five Lesbian Brothers, this wild comedy tells a dark and pulpy tale of office workers involved in a vaguely sapphic homicidal cult. The script circles a number of satirical targets—dehumanizing corporate culture and expectations of femininity chief among them—without really zeroing in on any of them. But the atmosphere of giddy amorality supplies a bracing corrective to the stereotype of feminist theater as hectoring and humorless. Bonnie Metzgar’s pitch-perfect staging for About Face Theatre benefits from performers who play it straight (so to speak) instead of winking at the zany material. As the office ringleader, a fully committed Kelli Simpkins is as sleek and eerie as David Bowie’s Thin White Duke. —Zac Thompson



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